Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Year in Industry - BEng (Hons)

Electronics and computing are two key growth areas for the technology industry, both making spectacular advances and impacting modern life beyond recognition. Studying all things electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Kent will allow you to be part of this revolution and to gain the knowledge and skills to make your own mark in this exciting field.

Overview

The combination of electronic engineering skills with advanced knowledge of computer hardware and software will prepare you for creating the systems of the future. This course teaches many exciting topics including robotics/mechatronics, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence, as well as providing you with soft skills such as creativity, entrepreneurship and team working.

We base our courses on leading-edge research in computer science and engineering, which is vital in a field that advances at such a fast pace. We provide you with the skills you need to showcase your creativity. Our graduates with specialist skills in electronic and computer engineering are prepared for the complexities of modern technology and well equipped for professional careers in development, research, and production in industry and universities.

We have strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Our visiting industrial professors contribute a strong industrial relevance to our courses and therefore students graduate with excellent career prospects in computer science engineering.

Our degree programme

This programme covers all aspects of electronic and computer engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of computing, electrical and electronics engineering (for example, as a computer software engineer) becoming well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.

Your first year lays the foundation for the rest of your studies and includes modules on programming, electronics, engineering design, digital technologies, engineering mathematics, and analysis. You also complete an engineering applications project.

In your second year, you further develop your understanding of the field of computer systems engineers, gaining further practical experience through modules such as systems programming, microcomputer engineering, instrumentation and measurement systems, digital implementation, control and mechatronics, and communications. You also undertake a group project.

In your final year, you take compulsory modules covering digital signal processing and control, digital systems design and embedded computer systems. You also undertake a project on a subject from either the computing or the electronics subject area.

Teaching in our School has been rated as excellent and our course is taught by a team of experts and industry professionals in the areas of computer programming, computer vision, electronics, antennas, biomedical engineering, biometrics, instrumentation, mechanical engineering, mobile communications, product design, robotics, sensors, and wireless communications.

Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and computer sessions. All modules are continuously assessed. All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Year in industry

The additional aims of our Year inIndustry option are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as computer systems engineers working in a professional environment and to develop employment-related skills. The placement year develops students’ technical skills, employability, and soft skills as well as increasing their awareness of the future context for employment.

MEng programme

We also offer Electronic and Computer Engineering MEng, a four-year programme which allows you to focus in-depth on particular topics.

Foundation year

If you do not have the qualifications for direct entry onto one of our degree programmes, you can take Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Foundation Year.

Study resources

We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:

  • 120-seat multi-purpose engineering laboratory
  • four air-conditioned computer suites housing around 150 high-end computers
  • CAD and development software
  • PCB and surface-mount facilities
  • an anechoic chamber

Kent's School of Engineering and Digital Arts has recently undergone a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation called the Jennison Design Hub, whereby you state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include:

  • a virtual reality suite
  • a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities)
  • a large teaching and design studio
  • engineering workshop and fabrication facilities
  • a dedicated makerspace.

Extra activities

There are many ways to get involved in School life. You could become a student representative, giving students a voice on School committees or become a student ambassador and work with us in secondary schools to promote engineering and technology.

We also host events where you can meet industry experts and former students.

In addition, you can take part in student-led societies including:

  • Engineering Society
  • TinkerSoc – Kent’s Maker Society
  • Women in STEM

Professional networks

The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors with expertise in computer science engineering who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.

Entry requirements

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

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    A level

    ABB - BBC including B in Mathematics plus one other science/technology subject (Physics, Computing or Electronics)

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    DDD - DMM in an Engineering subject including Further Maths/Further Maths for Engineering Technicians

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies) 5 at HL or 6 at SL or HL Maths: Analysis and Approaches at 5 (not Applications and Interpretations), and a science subject 5 at HL or 6 at SL.

  • International Foundation Programme

    N/A

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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There’s a lot of support. If you go to the lecturers they will definitely help you out.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include:

EL313 - Introduction to Programming (15 credits)

EL303 - Electronic Circuits (15 credits)

EL323 - Engineering Design and Mechanics (15 credits)

EL305 - Introduction to Electronics (15 credits)

EL311 - First Year Engineering Applications Project (15 credits)

EL315 - Digital Technologies (15 credits)

EL318 - Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

EL319 - Engineering Analysis (15 credits)

Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include:

EL578 - Systems Programming (15 credits)

EL560 - Microcomputer Engineering (15 credits)

EL577 - Entrepreneurship and Professional Development (15 credits)

EL562 - Engineering Group Project (15 credits)

EL565 - Instrumentation and Measurement Systems (15 credits)

EL568 - Digital Implementation (15 credits)

EL517 - Control and Mechatronics (15 credits)

EL570 - Communications Principles (15 credits)

Year in industry

You spend a year working in industry between Stages 2 and 3. You gain practical work experience, while assessing possible future career options and making contacts in the industry. Employers are always keen to employ graduates with knowledge of the work environment and some students receive job offers from their placement company.

We have a dedicated Employability Officer who will help you apply for placements; but please note that it is your responsibility to secure a placement, which cannot always be guaranteed. The School has excellent industrial links, providing students with many placement opportunities.

You are also eligible to apply for a placement offered through the School's exchange agreement with Hong Kong City University.

Please note that progression thresholds apply. In particular, in order to be considered for an industrial placement, you need to achieve an overall mark at Stage 1 of at least 60%.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include:

EL600 - Project (45 credits)

EL667 - Embedded Computer Systems (15 credits)

EL683 - Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS) (15 credits)

EL673 - Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

EL676 - Digital Signal Processing and Control (15 credits)

Optional modules:

EL646 - Robotics and AI (15 credits)

EL677 - Communication Network and IoT (15 credits)

EL561 - Image Analysis and Applications (15 credits)

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for Home undergraduates have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £9,250.

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer sessions.  All modules are continuously assessed. All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The course aims to:

  • Educate students to become electronic and computer engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
  • Produce electronic and computer engineers with specialist skills in hardware and software engineering, prepared for the complexities of modern electronic and computer system design.
  • Enable students to satisfy the educational requirements of the IET for C. Eng. registration.
  • Provide for all students, academic guidance and welfare support given by academic advisers and professional services staff.
  • Create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer the students a community environment where, with staff and peers, they can develop their potential in terms of electronic and computer engineering and a rich set of transferable skills.
  • Give an opportunity to gain experience as an engineer working in a professional environment.
  • To develop employment-related skills, including an understanding of how you relate to the structure and function in an organisation, via a year in industry.

 


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Mathematical principles relevant to electronic and computer engineering, underpinning circuit analysis and design, signal processing, embedded and control systems, and communication networks. (SM2p).
  • Scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic and computer engineering with an emphasis on practical applications in computer systems, embedded and control systems and communication networks. (SM1p).
  • Advanced concepts of embedded systems, control, computer communications and operating systems, influenced by ongoing and current industrial needs and informed by internationally recognised relevant research expertise.
  • The value of intellectual property and contractual issues for professional and entrepreneurial engineers (EP5p, EP5m).
  • Business, management and project management techniques, seen mainly in a case study context which may be used to achieve engineering objectives (ET1p, ET2p, ET3p, ET5p, ET2m).
  • The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic and computer engineering, directly applied in a case study context. (ET1p, ET1m).
  • Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety, environmental and EMC standards and directives (ET6p, D2p).
  • Characteristics of the materials, equipment, processes and products required for electronics, network communications, instrumentation, sensing and digital systems (EP2p, EP2m).
  • Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues, directly applied in a case study context. (EP6p, EP7p, ET6p, EP6m, EP7m).
  • Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied to solve new problems (EP1p).
  • Aspects of the core subject areas of computer systems, electronics and communication networks from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.

 

Outcomes specific to Year in Industry course:

 

Intellectual skills

  • Analysis and solution of hardware and software engineering problems using appropriate mathematical methods with a strong emphasis on engineering example based learning and assessment. (SM2p)
  • Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of computer systems engineering particularly through student led practical project design (SM3p).
  • Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic and computer engineering processes with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA1p).
  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA2p, EA2m).
  • Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to electronic and computer engineering problems by top level analysis to consolidate learning of underpinning principles. (EA4p).
  • Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues largely by undertaking student led individual and group project work. (ET6p, D2p, EP9p, D2m, EP11m).
  • Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (D1p, D2p, D4p, D5p, D1m, D2m, D6m).
  • Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution (ET1p, ET3p, ET4p, ET4m).
  • Apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the course from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.

 

Subject-specific skills

  • Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems relevant to electronic, communications, instrumentation, control and embedded systems engineering. (SM2p)
  • Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits (Ep1p, EP3p, EP3m).
  • Ability to work with technical uncertainty or incomplete knowledge particularly through experiential learning in practical project design (EP8p, D3p, D3m, EP8m).
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic and computer engineering in order to solve engineering problems in analytical, simulation based, and practical engineering activities (EA3p).
  • Ability to implement software solutions using a range of structural and object oriented languages.
  • Ability to design hardware or software systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance. (D5p, EP9p)
  • Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards (EP5p, D2p, EP7p, ET2p, ET5p).
  • Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design (EP4p, EP4m).
  • Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes (D5p, D3m).
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and give effective and appropriate presentations to technical and non-technical audiences. (D6p, D6m).
  • Apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the course from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.


 

Transferable skills

  • Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data.
  • Use of Information and Communications Technology.
  • Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
  • Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection.
  • Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Independent rankings

Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 90% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

For graduate prospects, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 86% in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go into careers in areas such as: 

  • electronic engineering and computing
  • telecommunications industries including radio, television and satellite communications;
  • medical electronics, instrumentation and industrial process control.

They have gone on to work in companies including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Nokia
  • the Royal Navy
  • Xilinx
  • British Energy
  • RDDS. 

Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study, for example, MSc Advanced Communication Engineering (RF Technology and Communications), Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering and Information Security and Biometrics.

Help finding a job

Employers are always keen to employ graduates with knowledge of the work environment and some students receive job offers from their placement company.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including:

  • planning and organisation
  • leadership
  • effective communication. 

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Applications

Start to consider your options any time and you'll be able to submit your application from September 2021.

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Use our timeline for applying to Kent to help you plan your future.

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